"Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been" Analytical Essay by Ace writers

"Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been"
An examination of the symbolism of the short story, "Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been", by Joyce Carol Oates.
# 46598 | 1,401 words | 5 sources | MLA | 2003 | US
Published on Jan 18, 2004 in Literature (American) , English (Analysis)


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This paper examines the story, "Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been", a chilling story by Joyce Carol Oates, which tells the story of a young girl obsessed by her own beauty and popular music, who is seduced by an evil being. It discusses the symbolism in the story and how it relates to the Devil vs. God and good vs. evil. It shows how Oates shows, in a chilling way, the power evil has over good, and how evil can wear its victims down in the end, even when they know what they are doing is wrong.

From the Paper:

"Clearly in this morality play, strength and evil win out, because that is the ultimate point of the story, that evil can wear down a victim in the end, just as Friend wears down Connie, even if the victim knows what they are doing is wrong. "She put out her hand against the screen. She watched herself push the door slowly open as if she were back safe somewhere in the other doorway, watching this body and this head of long hair moving out into the sunlight where Arnold Friend waited" (Where). What is so sad about Connie is not that she is coerced, but that she set herself up for it from the start. She is a shallow and selfish girl, who does not surround herself with anything good, and so she cannot fight the force of evil, because she does not really recognize what goodness is."

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